Chicago Review Press
OFFSITE: Northwestern University, Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201, 1897 Sheridan Rd., Evanston
Charlotte Pierce-Baker did everything right when raising her son, providing not only emotional support but the best education possible. At age twenty-five, he was pursuing a postgraduate degree and was seemingly in control of his life. She never imagined her high-achieving son would wind up in jail. The moving story of an African American family facing the challenge of bipolar disorder, in This Fragile Life Pierce-Baker traces the evolution of her son’s illness and, in looking back, realizes she mistook warning signs for typical child and teen behavior. Hospitalizations, calls in the night, alcohol and drug relapses, pleas for money, and continuous disputes, her son’s journey was long, arduous, and almost fatal. This Fragile Life weaves a fascinating story of mental illness, race, family, the drive of African Americans to succeed, and a mother’s love for her son. Women & Children First is pleased to be the bookseller at this event.
Location: Street: Northwestern University, Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201 Additional: 1897 Sheridan Rd. City: Evanston, Province: Illinois Country: United States (added from IndieBound)